Wild Bird Rescue is at Full Capacity

Newschannel 6 is learning more everyday about the heats affect on Texoma.

The dry hot weather is really taking a toll on the wild bird population, but there is one facility trying to help.

Wild bird rescue workers say they are breaking records. They have already treated more than  1,000 birds and they still expect to see more.  Staff says we are in the middle of baby season and when birds are not nesting in trees they are looking for water. But the problem is they cannot find it.

The sun might be shinning but less birds are chirping. Lila Arnold, Executive Director of Wild Bird Rescue says, "We have seen so many birds coming in with heat stress. They are dehydrated and emaciated. With the lack of rains we haven't had the insects in the area so consequently many of these birds have gone hungry."

Lila Arnold says they receive 20 to 30 calls a day with residents finding sick wild birds.
Staff says the birds are coming in at 60 percent of their normal body weight. They are in terrible condition and on the verge of starvation.

Staff says, "Most birds have what we call fright flight response. If you approach a wild bird it is going to fly away and if it doesn't fly away from you, there is something probably wrong."

As more birds are saved at the facility more dollars are going out. Lila Arnold comments, "Our aviaries are full to capacity and of course anytime we have that many birds, that cuts into our budget as well. We didn't plan on having 70 Mississippi Kites this year. We planned on a normal year."

But despite costs, Arnold says she will not give up. "I'd hate to imagine life with birds in it. They give us pleasure, they give us beauty, and  they give us song. One of these days they may not be with us so I would encourage everybody to take the time and set out water for the birds."

The Wild Bird Rescue encourages resident to leave out bird feed along with some water during the day to help the wild birds in our area.

The Wichita Falls Council just approved a grant to expand the Wild Bird Rescue. The facility will be getting walk-way so the public can walk through the building and watch the bird rehabilitation process.

It will be free and they plan to have the project cone by Spring of next year.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6